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Monday, 22 June 2020

NANS-Ghana Condemns Demolition Of Nigerian High Commissioners’ Residence in Accra

Following the demolition of the Nigerian High Commissioners’ residence in Accra, Ghana with bulldozers on the midnight of Friday, the National Association of Nigerian Students in Ghana NANS-Ghana has condemned in the strongest terms what it described as the callousness of the action by the perpetrators.

NANS-Ghana, the umbrella body of Nigerian students in tertiary institutions across Ghana said it received with shock, news of the demolition of the uncompleted apartments which was being constructed to house staff and visiting diplomats to the High Commission.

A statement signed by Comrade Adebayo Samuel Ogunkoya, Executive President, NANS Ghana said an eyewitness report by JoyNews editor, Fred Smith who was at the scene, indicated that armed men threatened to shoot staff of the embassy who were present at the scene if they interfere in their operations.

According to the head of security at the High Commission Emmanuel Kabutey, the leader of the team that came to demolish the building told them they had the backing of Ghana's National Security and that “if any of us try, he will clear us off.” The Acting High Commissioner H/E Mrs. Esther Arewa who was present at the site when the incident happened was said to be terrified and had to be moved to safety.

The statement while frowning at the development, said the Nigerian mission territory is regarded as a territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in foreign jurisdiction and the attack on the Nigerian mission constitutes a serious breach of the Vienna convention on diplomatic Relations, which is capable of triggering diplomatic row between Nigeria and Ghana, adding that the incidence is absolutely unacceptable, dastardly and very unusual of a friendly nation.

NANS Ghana Chapter thereby called on the governments on both side to take drastic action with immediate effect at dowsing the tension this incidence might trigger; "The federal republic of Nigeria and Ghana has enjoyed robust relationship over times, it is our hope that the government of Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari and that of Ghana under President Akufo-Addo will as a matter of urgency and importance activate a channel to quickly deal with the issue at hand and to avoid re-occurrence of such an unfortunate situation.

"Our strong determination is to see a united, Integrated west African sub region pioneered by these two great Nations; Ghana and Nigeria. Issues like this must not be allowed between friendly nations as ours.

"We implore our respective citizens to remain calm and law-abiding as we eagerly await peaceful resolution of this situation. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria! God bless Ghana." the statement concluded.

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